I live in the suburbs in Northern California and I have grown a “kitchen garden” in my backyard since I was a little kid. We grew the standard fare… tomatos, onions, carrots, pumpkins, zuchini etc. I even was able to grow watermelons once, although they were puny and inedible.
Anyway, to the question at hand…
For the first time I tried to grow corn in my garden. I planted them about 2 months ago from seedlings. Don’t ask me what variety.
Anyway it’s done pretty well… the stalks are 5 to 6 feet tall with the tassle thingies on the top and everything. I see a fair number of ears have developed, and I have patiently watch them get bigger and bigger over the past few weeks. The question is how will I know when they are ready to pick? They are about 2 inches in diameter at their widest point, but compared to the fresh corn I see at the supermarket they seem a little small. Is there a way to check to see if they are “done” growing? I want to pick them before the deer eat them.